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Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby The first official The Great Gatsby pictures became available online a few days ago. Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Isla Fisher star in this latest big-screen version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel. Moulin Rouge's Baz Luhrmann, who became major world news after injuring his head a week or so ago, directs. Set shortly after the end of World War I, The Great Gatsby is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway (Maguire), a returning war veteran who becomes part of the upper-class universe of Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). There have been (at least) three previous The Great Gatsby adaptations for the big screen. A 1926 silent version is now lost. Only the trailer remains. Directed by future Oscar nominee Herbert Brenon, the silent starred future Oscar winner Warner Baxter as Jay Gatsby and Lois Wilson »
- Andre Soares
One only gets a sole opportunity to make their initial mark and it is a thoroughly remarkable experience to witness a star in the making. This year we’ve seen a number of break-out performances worthy of recognition and have rounded up our favorites. They range from an experienced thespian finding new life in front of the camera, a previous non-actor learning the ropes and an actress who overwhelms with a sheer breadth of projects. As part of our 2011 year-end features, check out the rundown below and let us know your favorites.
10. Gabriel Maille (Wetlands)
A brave and powerful oedipal drama set on a Quebec dairy farm, Wetlands and Gabriel Maille’s brilliant performance as Simon, a disturbed isolated teen, was a highlight of Tiff 2011. With only four credits to name, Maille takes center stage, holding his own against the veteran cast in a challenging roll. – John Fink
9. Jacob Wysocki »
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Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.
That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of
omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other. »
- Roger Ebert
Leonardo DiCaprio, on the rebound from his break up with long-time model girlfriend Bar Rafaeli, has reportedly landed in the arms of model Erin Heatherton. That should make the catwalks hiss. DiCaprio has reportedly holding virtual auditions for a girlfriend during shooting a remake of “The Great Gatsby” in Australia, according to London’s Daily Mail. Before that, he was spotted with Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss at the brand’s fashion show in New York. He’s also been seen with Australian models Alyce Crawford and Kendal Schuler and Romanian Madalina Ghenea. DiCaprio stars in the film as Jay Gatsby, a role made famous by Robert Redford in a 1974 motion picture based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920s novel. Tobey Maguire plays writer and film narrator, Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan. The roles were played by Sam Watterson and Mia Farrow, respectively in the earlier film. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Girard)
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and We Bought a Zoo.
With the holidays hitting this weekend, a family friendly zoo tale does box office battle with a dizzying espionage thriller and the feel bad movie of Christmas. If you want to spend your holiday revels, relishing inspiring true tales, action-packed adventures, and deeply dark tales of revenge, we got you covered with the best of movies now available online through Netflix.
When seeking the elusive truth behind a missing girl’s disappearance, a dedicated journalist (Daniel Craig) crosses paths with an edgy but enchanting young hacker. Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander, the controversial It girl of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy. David Fincher directs.
Like your thrillers extra dark? »
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From Warner Bros. Pictures, here’s your first official and divine look at Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan in Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated film of 2012 - The Great Gatsby. Only thing these ”pretty” people – this generation’s Robert Redford, Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow - are in need of, is the soft focus lens so heavily used in the 1974 version.
- Michelle McCue
Organizers for Robert Redford’s independent-film showcase said Monday they have added four titles to the previously announced lineup of more than 100 movies.
The new films are: director Paolo Sorrentino’s rock-star-on-a-road-trip tale This Must Be the Place, with Penn and McDormand; Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s Predisposed, with Eisenberg, Leo, and Morgan in a comic romp about a piano prodigy, his troubled mom and a drug dealer; Don Coscarelli’s horror comedy John Dies at the End, »
- Associated Press
George Clooney gets Dangerously Funny; Denzel Washington Equalizes against Russell Crowe; All Is Lost for Robert Redford; Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace have a Passion for Brian DePlama and put the key in the ignition for The Driver.
Clooney and his Smokehouse Productions partner Grant Heslov have teamed with Sony Pictures to adapt David Bianculli’s book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story Of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for the big screen.
The pair had a comedy/variety show on CBS which ran for 1967-69, which often took a liberal approach to politics – an approach which got them into trouble with President Nixon and then ultimately fired from CBS.
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- Niall Browne
24 Frames Why is Harvey Weinstein the ultimate campaigner?
Mother Nature six things you probably didn't know about It's a Wonderful Life
Super Punch Robot Chicken makes an Alien funny: the dangers of acid blood.
Whedonesque Huh. Did not know this. Willow on Buffy was only a coincidental redhead. T'wasn't planned at all though it's impossible to think of Willow as anything but.
Alyson Hannigan is pregnant again. Congratulations to Mommy Willow!
In Contention Kris Tapley's "superlatives" of the year. He's on #TeamMargaret and Team Tilda.
Sum Up Film the Desperate Women of the Best Actress Race
My New Plaid Pants Man crotch, the hot new movie poster trend
Cinema Blend Leonardo DiCaprio »
- NATHANIEL R
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life tops Film Comment's list of the "Best Released Films of 2011," an annual year-end survey of film critics, editors, and past and present contributors — over 120 of them this year — so the magazine has put Kent Jones's beautiful essay from the July/August issue online (even if you don't admire the film as much as he does, you'll know that this is a must-read), and the Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening The Tree of Life through Tuesday.
The "Released" list goes as far as 50; the "Best Unreleased Movies of 2011" list runs to 52. At #1 is Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film; #2: Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse. There's been some grumbling among the tweeting set, by the way, that this list is too crowded with films that have scored distribution deals and will indeed be seeing a theatrical run sooner or later. »
Director J.C. Chandor may only have one feature film under his belt, but he landed one hell of a cast for his debut outing. Margin Call, a financial thriller that opened in limited release in October, sported a cast that included Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, and Zachary Quinto. It was also, if I might add, a pretty entertaining flick. Now Chandor (no relation to Ivo Shandor) is lining up his next feature film project, and he definitely hasn't gotten any less ambitious in his casting preferences. Deadline reports that Robert Redford is in talks to star in Chandor's follow-up film, which sports the cheery name All Is Lost. All Is Lost is described as a "man vs. nature" story and will be set "on the water." That could mean ocean, it could mean river, it could mean oversized above-ground swimming pool. »
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of this year’s awards circuit is just how many awards and nominations filmmaker J.C. Chandor has picked for his debut film, Margin Call. Chandor’s star-packed film debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and while that festival also featured a notable debut from Sean Durkin with his Martha Marcy May Marlene, one that seemed much more poised to rack up the awards, it has been Chandor and his tale of the Wall St. financial crisis that has earned some big accolades. Chandor has already picked up Best Debut Director from the National Board of Review, Best First Film from the New York Film Critics Circle, and Best Original Screenplay from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, along with nominations from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and that’s likely only the beginning for Chandor and his Margin Call. So »
- Kate Erbland
In 1972's classic adventure saga "Jeremiah Johnson," Robert Redford played the tough-as-nails title war vet who decides to take up life in the Rocky Mountains. He becomes a great hunter and has brushes with both grizzly bears and the local Indian tribes to become the ultimate survivor.
Now Redford is taking this theme of survival to the next level in a new flick ominously titled "All Is Lost." According to Deadline, the Sundance Kid will tackle the elements in a new environment: the ocean. So far the only specific details are that it will be "a man vs. nature drama that takes place on the water."
The "Horse Whisperer" star was hand-picked for this solo adventure by young director J.C. Chandor, who met Redford this year at the Sundance Film Festival where his financial crisis movie "Margin Call" left an impression. Like that film, "All Is Lost" will be produced by Mr Spock himself, »
- Max Evry
Southern Belle in a Sad Tale: Reese Witherspoon will play the mother of a murder victim in Devil’s Knot, to be directed by Atom Egoyan. The film revolves around the real-life case of the so-called West Memphis 3, who were convicted of the murder of three boys in Arkansas in the early 90s, and recently released. (Variety) Sundance Kid May Head Back to Nature: Robert Redford is in talks to star in All is Lost, described as a “man vs. nature” drama. Director J.C. Chandor, who debuted with the excellent Margin Call, met Redford at the Sundance fest early this year and promptly wrote the movie around him. (Deadline) Batman Punched in China: Christian Bale was punched by guards while attempting to visit blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been confined...
- Peter Martin
After Margin Call garnered critical praise — and some awards attention here or there — Deadline reports that J.C. Chandor is planning his next feature, a man vs. nature film entitled All Is Lost. Plot specifics aren’t being dispensed as of right now, but Deadline notes that the story “takes place on the water.” Deep Blue Sea 2, anyone?
That being said, the real focus of the story is who he’s going after: Robert Redford. As it turns out, Chandor met the actor during 2011′s Sundance — when and where Margin Call premiered — and “was so taken by him that he wrote the movie around him”; he’s currently in talks. The lead is described as a “heroic character who braves the elements to survive,” which is earning comparison’s to the Redford-starring classic, Jeremiah Johnson. If he signs on, the two of them will be going down to Mexico’s Baja Studios, »
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"Drive" might not have made too many waves at the box office, or swept the awards circuit (although it's doing rather better than expected), but it has been a critical favorite, and shows all the signs of being a cult classic, and the kind of movie that will be endlessly copied over the next few years. Indeed, we shudder to think of the number of film school students currently working on shorts with big gaudy retro fonts and French electro scores. And already, we're seeing the first sign of similar projects doing the rounds, with The Hollywood Reporter bringing news that Voltage Productions, who were behind Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker" and Robert Redford's upcoming "The Company You Keep," are teaming up with relatively new company Solipsist Films (next year's Helen Hunt vehicle "Decoding Annie Parker") to pick up a spec script named, yes, "The Driver," from newcomers Spenser Cohen and Zach Luna. »
Robert Redford is in early talks to star in the new upcoming J.C. Chandor drama All Is Lost. The movie is said to be a man vs. nature drama that takes place on the water. Its focus on a single character vaguely resembles Jeremiah Johnson, one of Redford’s previous films, where a heroic character braves nature to survive.
This will be Chandor’s second movie, following this year’s financial drama-thriller debut Margin Call. It has been reported that production would start next May at the Baja Film Studios in Mexico, the epicentre of film hits such as James Cameron’s Titanic and Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor.
The one-man show was written around Redford himself, after Chandor met him at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Like Margin Call, the film will be produced by Zachary Quinto’s production company Before the Door, while Glen Basner’s FilmNation, Cassian Elwes »
- Tina Baraga
I’ve been told that Playas de Rosarito is such an ideal location that Fox built a studio there especially for the filming of Titanic and several other blockbusters which have been filmed there since, including Pearl Harbor and Master and Commander. This is the place with the giant water tank so it’s ideal for the [...]
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- Nick Martin
Nearly a year ago at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, director J.C. Chandor made his directorial debut with the financial crisis drama Margin Call (available next week on Blu-Ray/DVD) featuring a star studded cast including Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto (who also produced the film), Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci and more. Now Chandor is lining up his next feature and Deadline reports Sundance founder Robert Redford is in talks to lead the drama called All is Lost, a man vs. nature tale that drew comparisons to Jeremiah Johnson before the veteran actor of the classic 1972 film even became involved. Apparently Chandor just became enamored with Redford at Sundance at the beginning of the year and wrote the movie for him. It's simply a story about one man braving the elements to survive. Quinto will again produce through his Before the Door production banner and the project is currently looking »
- Ethan Anderton
Robert Redford is in talks to star in the mostly water-based drama in which he'll play a heroic character who braves the elements to survive.
Shooting aims to kick off by next May with the Baja Film Studios in Mexico already being scouted as a potential location. »
- Garth Franklin
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